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“Nice we find to take the weight off”
Review of The Reel

The Reel
Ranked #8 of 40 Restaurants in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Reel In 2002 the Wrigley Sisters returned to Orkney to live and set up their business, and in 2004 The Reel was established, allowing them to ‘put something back into’ the community of Orkney.’ "With both lasses having now settled back in Orkney their attention has turned to managing the ‘Reel’ – the sisters’ Centre of Music on Broad Street in Kirkwall. The centre has experienced phenomenal success in the few years it has been open, to the extent that it has recently moved to the building formerly occupied by VisitOrkney, next to St Magnus Cathedral. "Aswell as a being home to many folk & blues sessions and the Orkney Strathspey and Reel, The Reel also holds various classes in many different instruments taught by a wealth of talented teachers. The Reel offers and encourages a fully ‘inclusive’ approach, catering for all members of the community, especially families, and all age groups. The existing aesthetics, atmosphere and management approach fully encourages, supports and positively impacts upon this ethos. The management’s existing attitude and approach to providing a high quality and friendly customer service is also considered exemplary.
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Only did coffee and cake but thoroughly enjoyed. All that we sampled very tasty. Would recommend as a great break from the high street or history.

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REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thank you for your review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your coffee and cake break!

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Reviewed 11 August 2018

We had a delicious lunch in this absolutely charming cafe in the middle of Kirkwall. My husband enjoyed a local draft beer and I opted for the hot chocolate. It is always nice to have a true rich chocolate drink with real whip cream rather than chocolate flavored water served in so many places. The atmosphere is pure Scottish cafe.
That evening we returned for a free music presentation that will remain one of the highlights of our Scotland vacation.

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REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. We're glad you had a good visit, we are rather fond of our Hot Chocolate too! It's made with rich chocolate syrup and hot milk. Hope you make it back for another visit.

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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Although small, it has a great atmosphere. There is so much going on and the live performances are special. However seats can be at challenging to secure
If during the day, a great place for a hot chocoholic and a cake

Thank BigAl1674
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REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thanks so much for your review. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Visited with Canadian family for a sandwich beer and coffee ordered tuna baguettes food freshly made and tasty
Worth a Visit

Thank dundeetravellermrshc
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REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your lunch!

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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Cafe by day, live music by night - I assume the name comes from the musical forms of ‘Jigs and Reels’ as it has live traditional music (folk and jazz) in the evening. We had a lovely coffee and a piece of no so remarkable cake during the afternoon and went to a great jazz evening (free admission). They serve local beer and local gin as well as wine. The Reel is an experience - one not to pass by if you are musically minded.

Thank David C
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REEL1000, Manager at The Reel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thank you very much for your review. Yes, that is where the name 'The Reel' comes from! The building also houses 'The Wrigley Sisters' School of Music' upstairs and a music shop. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and hope you make it back again.

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